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Reykjavík International Film Festival

15th Edition

Reykjavík International Film Festival

where:Reykjavik (Iceland)
when:September 27th - October 7th, 2018
address:Fríkirkjuvegur 1,
101 Reykjavik
tel:+354 411 7055
fax:+354 411 7050
deadline:July 15th, 2018
entry form:Online Submission

The long-term goal of Reykjavik International Film Festival is to become one the finest film festival in Europe, with three primary goals serving as a guiding light: innovation, networking on an international scale and dialogue with the community and current affairs.
The festival’s Grand Prix category, entitled New Visions, is limited to first and second works only. RIFF has thus carved a significant niche for itself among film festivals in terms of presenting and promoting new talent. Each edition, RIFF has also developed a program called Minus25, where the focus is on filmmakers and film enthusiasts under 25 years of age. The program consists of a Stop-motion Workshop for pre-school children, Short Film Workshop for children of Grade School age and from fall 2011 a Short Film Workshop for high-school children will also be organized. The goal of the Minus25 program is to activate the imagination and creativity of the younger generations, and engage the cinema litteracy of children in Iceland who have long been exposed to a rather monotonous cinema culture.
Networking is an important part of the festival’s activities, between young filmmakers and those with experience; between Icelandic (Nordic) cinema and international cinema; and between filmmakers and international studies of film and culture. RIFF also manages a market for films where new Icelandic film productions are presented to international industry professionals such as buyers and distributors. Location scouting is also provided during the festival and several collaborations have materialized from such meetings between Icelandic and foreign professionals.
Dialogue has from the beginning been a basic theme in each edition of RIFF. The festival has always seen it as a duty to initiate a dialogue with the community and about it, between filmmakers and festival guests, between different cultural worlds, between different artforms, between film studies and filmmakers etc. The festival has always emphasized the screenings of documentaries, especially those that revolve around environmental themes and human rights. RIFF organizes panel talks, lectures and debates about various subjects concerning our society, culture and other contemporary affairs. We believe that by this means a valuable connection is forged with the community and knowledge is both absorbed and distributed; RIFF, in it’s own way, is a knowledge generation hub.
Festival categories:
New Visions (Grand Prix Competition) - is limited to the first or second film of up-and-coming directors.
Special Presentations – accommodates a small number of films by well known film directors as well as films that have been distinguished by important awards at international film festivals.
Open Seas – presents acclaimed films from many of the most talented and respected filmmakers of the World.
Docs In Focus – aims to present the most interesting documentaries of the film industry each year.
World Changes – presents films about various issues that are posing a threat to nature and humanity in one way or another.
Sound On Sight – draws attention to what is happening on the exciting boundaries of film and music. It is dedicated to the connection of music and cinema. Besides film screenings a panel and a market for professionals are scheduled.
Youth Program – has emphasis on films and documentaries featuring children – suitable for children. It is dedicated to our young audience and provides film oriented entertainment, education and experience.
Midnight Movies – sheds light on the dark corners of cinema, featuring low-budget films, b-films of all sorts and experimental and alternative works, often with cult status.
Icelandic Panorama – opens up the world of Icelandic filmmaking and showcases it to the outside World, thus building a bridge between Icelandic cinema and international filmmaking.
Food On Film – revolves around feature films and documentaries about food; presented for the first time in 2009 in collaboration with Slow Food organisation.